In July of last year, Jas Sum Kral released the Swedish exclusive Söta Kakor. Jas Sum Kral owner Riste Ristevski and his Swedish distributor Karl Martin Brix Nelson from Kind Cigars had been working on the project since 2017. The name Söta Kakor is Swedish for sweet cookies.
The original release was limited to 180 boxes of 12 cigars with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper but when the cigar was released, Ristevski revealed that he was working on a Maduro version as well. And that version is now being released under the name Söta Kakor Chokladkakor.
290 boxes of 12 cigars (3480 cigars) are currently en route to Kind Cigars in Helsingborg, Sweden. The size of the cigars is 5½ x 48. The wrapper is a 4-year-old Mexican Maduro over a Nicaraguan Criollo 98 Ligero binder. The filler comes from the Nicaraguan regions Condega, Jalapa, and Somoto.
The name of the cigar isn’t the only reference to Sweden, as the ring contains traditional elements from the Dalarna region of Sweden. “When it comes to detail, I am my worst enemy. Working on the band, I knew I wanted to incorporate the history of Sweden. Complete with traditional art, colors, and regal looks,” Ristevski said. “This was the last band Nuzli Hakiim designed for me before he went on to new things in life. Going back and forth with Martin picking his brain to get that authentic Swedish look and feel we finally agreed on prob the best band design I have seen in a long time.”